Writing with Care: The Intersection of Memoir, Activism, and Caregiving

Room 447-448, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


The panelists are writers whose memoir and activist work centers on caretaking. They’ll discuss: Are they memoirists who became accidental activists or activists who use memoir to change the world? How do they stay true to the creative self when activism calls? How does the current trend in publishing, for memoirs to contain social critique, affect the caregiving memoirs the panelists ultimately sold? What are the challenges the panelists face holding these three roles?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Event_Outline.pdf



Minna Dubin (she/her) is a writer and mother in Berkeley, California. She writes about identity and motherhood. Minna has been published in major news and literary outlets. She is the author of MOM RAGE: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood.

Adiba Nelson is an author, TEDx speaker, and subject of the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Full Nelson. She wrote and self-published her first children’s book, Meet ClaraBelle Blue, in 2013, and her memoir, Ain’t That a Mother (Blackstone, 2022) is currently available in all formats.

Angela Garbes is the author of Like a Mother and Essential Labor, called “a landmark and a lightning storm” by The New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and featured on NPR's Fresh Air. Garbes, who lives in Seattle, is also a community advocate for working families.

Sarah W. Jaffe is the author of Wanting What's Best: Parenting, Privilege, and Building a Just World. Her writing, which focuses on the child care and foster care systems, has appeared in The Rumpus, Slate, and Romper. She is an MFA student in creative nonfiction at The New School.

Shannon Carpenter


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